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Sylvester Stallone, Michael Rosenbaum Rumored For Guardians 3000 Disney Plus Series

Having debuted in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy 2, now it is being claimed that Sylvester Stallone and Michael Rosenbaum will be back for a Guardians 3000 Ravagers series for Disney Plus. The rumor comes from TVO from the Lords of the Long Box YouTube channel who offers plans are underway for Sylvester Stallone …

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Review: Guardians 3000 #8

Today we bid a sad farewell to Marvel’s only true Cosmic book, Guardians 3000.

It’s sad, really, that Marvel wouldn’t commit to this true example of Cosmic, but will commit to all the truly terrible pseudo-cosmic books like GotGINO, NINO, etc.

This issue wraps the series and paves the way for a re-telling of The Korvac Saga during Marvel’s upcoming Secret Wars event.  The quality of the writing and storyline is light years ahead of everything else Marvel is calling “cosmic” these days.

Abnett weaves a complicated and riveting ending to what would now be called a “limited series” with the G3K crew playing a pivotal role in using Korvac to try to correct the damage being done to the universe by Dr. Doom at the start of the Secret Wars event.

The art is much improved from the first several issues of this series and should be much more palatable to most readers.

I am truly sad to see this book ending.  I hope that Abnett’s retelling of The Korvac Saga continues the fine quality represented by this, Marvel’s only truly cosmic book.  Reward this quality by buying this book and leaving the pseudo-cosmic trash like NINO and GotGINO on the shelf.  That will send Marvel a message that there is a market for good quality cosmic

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Guardians 3000 Not The Title For Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Says James Gunn

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A few days ago it was reported the title for Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is Guardians 3000.

Guardians 3000 is a current Marvel comic book from the writer who inspired the original movie, Dan Abnett, so it seemed a possibility.

Now, however, director James Gunn has taken to Twitter to shoot down the rumor.

“BTW – I’m getting a lot of questions – there is NO truth to the rumor GotG2 is called Guardians 3000. I don’t know where @prodweek got that,” Gunn tweeted.

It was thought that if Guardians 3000 was the title to the sequel, that Gunn may have been featuring the original Guardians, as Abnett’s comic centers on the characters from the future. There is a mystery surrounding the father of Star-Lord, which will be different for the movie than the comic, with Cosmic fans speculating Quill’s father might be Starhawk.

“Guardians of the Galaxy 2” has a May 5, 2017 release.

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Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Said To Have Abnett’s Title Guardians 3000

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Update: James Gunn has said this isn’t true.

 

Long story short: Dan Abnett’s 2008 Guardians of the Galaxy Marvel Comics comic book was the inspiration for the near billion dollar movie of the same name. Abnett was fired off the book by Marvel Comics executives (for some reason), and now, years later, is writing a new Guardians book, Guardians 3000.

Now it’s learned that Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy sequel may have the title “Guardians 3000.”

The info comes from the website Production Weekly, which looks to provide lists of titles for movies that are currently in production.

The Guardians 3000 comic book features the original Guardians of the Galaxy from the future. Could Gunn being going with some of those characters? Gunn recently stated GOTG 2 is about fathers, and some fans are speculating Star-Lord’s father is Starkhawk, a member of the Guardians from the future.

In addition, Gunn let it be known that Marvel Studios felt his approach for the sequel was risky. If Gunn was just doing more of the same from the first movie, Marvel definitely wouldn’t think it was a risky approach. So we can obviously guess, Gunn is coming at Guardians of the Galaxy 2 in a different way. We get further proof of that in an interview with Gunn from the Avengers 2 Red Carpet premiere where he stopped short of stating Guardians of the Galaxy 2 was more serious, but instead chose to use the wording “deeper” in relation to character development.

It’s possible Gunn could address the rumor head on, as the director is pretty vocal on his social networks.

“Guardians of the Galaxy 2” has a May 5, 2017 release.

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Review: Guardians 3000 #7

Sadly this is the next to last issue of G3K, and with Marvel’s hostility toward this, their only true cosmic comic book, it will likely not return from hiatus after the silliness of the “Secret Wars” event has reached it’s no doubt too long in coming and astoundingly annoying conclusion.

Interestingly, the apparent cause of the Secret Wars event debuts in this book – but since the zombies aren’t buying this book, I guess they’ll have to wait and read it in whatever generic Avengers title they’re buying en masse these days.

One of the highlights of this book is how it indirectly points out how small and petty Quill’s GotGINO team has become under Bendis and Gunn.  Star-Lord is pointed out as lacking in leadership skills and proves that point repeatedly over the course of the storyline.  This is not the leader of men that Peter Quill was in times past – a guy who could take out a Herald of Galactus single-handedly.  It is Bendis’ and Gunn’s twenty-something goofball who is repeatedly outclassed by the original GotG team.

And, of course, when the situation takes a turn for the worse, what does this weak, pitiful, farcical, buffoon-ish, Bendis-fied version of Quill do?  Hits the speed-dial button to call in the Avengers, as always.  Vance rightfully points out that the GotG are better qualified to handle the situation.  And Quill disagrees!  Jeez!  This buffoon version of Star-Lord has drunk the kool-aid and bought into Bendis’ propaganda.

I’ll go on record as not being that big a fan of the Korvac Saga, but Abnett is able to weave an interesting tale from that source material.  

Leon’s art and Delgado’s colors are vast improvements from the first five issues.  The teams look more like themselves and less like some abstract art version of the team.

Rush out and buy this book, and its TPB.  Quality needs to be rewarded, and very little of what Marvel is now calling “cosmic” has any quality to be rewarded.  Guardians 3000 is the shining antithesis of Bendis.  Rush out and buy this book!

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Review: Guardians 3000 #6

Finally, a good cosmic comic book from Marvel!

And, of course, they’ve cancelled it.  They’ll keep NINO on life support and double-down on the bad NINO formula with PC-NINO-ette, but they’ll not keep a good and true cosmic comic like G3K going even though it sells better than NINO.  Go figure.  Typical Brevoort and Alonso “leadership.”

Abnett winds a fantastic tale of cosmic adventure and time travel – in the first good story featuring both the original team and the movie-influenced team.  The pace is rapid, the dialogue is snappy, the humor isn’t forced or overbearing, it’s not played as a farce, the space-time aspects are central to the story.  In other words, we have an actual true cosmic comic aimed at adults on our hands!  Hooray!  It’s about time (no pun intended). 

To top it off, we have better art this time out.  It’s more photo-realistic with cleaner lines and non-exaggerated features – avoiding the jarring out-of-proportion depictions of the team and toothy facial expressions that plagued the first 5 issues.

In short, this is what cosmic fans have been asking for over the past several years.  Brevoort hated it before it ever got out of the gate, and Marvel has given it absolutely no promotion.  Yet is sells better than NINO – who has been given every chance in the world.  Of course, NINO will be back, but G3K will probably not get such a reprieve.  Brilliant leadership, Bonso, absolutely brilliant.

Go out and buy multiple copies of this book.  Let it at least go out on a high note.  That will send Bonso a clear message.  Down with NINO.  Give us more G3K!!!

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Secret Wars Korvac Saga Announced By Dan Abnett

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Marvel has announced this Summer will see Dan Abnett pen a new version of the Korvac Saga for Secret Wars with art by Otto Schmidt.

According to Newsarama, the all-new Korvac Saga will see Abnett’s Guardians 3000 in service of Korvac, who is lord of the Battleworld domain known as Forest Hills (a version of New York, and where Korvac originally fought the Guardians and Avengers).

The team is set to go up against a neighboring domain (Holy Wood) led by Wonder Man who also has his own team of heroes – Avengers – consisting of Captain Marvel, Jocasta, Black Panther, Hercules, the Vision, Moondragon, Yellowjacket and Black Widow.

Abnett describes his Korvac as the one who brought back both the Avengers and Guardians after killing them and then regretting it: “noble, determined, high-minded and essentially trying to rule fairly and justly, and look after this people. He’s not a bad guy. The Guardians are his police, his bodyguards, his retainers. They are loyal to him because they believe in him. But there’s a dark, dark menace arising in his kingdom that threatens his rule, his people, a lot more besides…”

Abnett also describes the book as: “a shocking story, very unusual. A villain who isn’t a full-on villain, and foe that even Earth’s Mightiest Heroes can’t stop. It’s, I think, the original Guardians’ most epic, classic story, and it makes Korvac their number one foe, their classic adversary, their arch-nemesis.”

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Review: Guardians 3000 #5

Now THIS is Marvel Cosmic!

While Bendis, Humphries, Duggan, and Young have been busy turning Cosmic into a bad situation comedy, Abnett, in five fantastic issues of G3K, has single-handedly taught a master class as to how Cosmic should be done.

Abnett’s G3K is the superior antithesis to rest of what Marvel is calling Cosmic these days.  In contrast to Bendis, Humphries, Duggan, and Young, Abnett respects the subject matter and the characters – using the situation and the special abilities of each character as a source of drama in approaching the problems to be addressed rather than an excuse for buffoonery aimed at getting some cheap laughs.  That alone places G3K light years above the paltry efforts of Bendis, Humphires, Duggan, and Young – but there’s more.

Abnett weaves a complex, exciting, and fast-paced tale with high-stakes consequences not only for each of the protagonists, but also for the entire known universe.  The pressure is on for this small group of heroes as their actions will have consequences for everyone and everything.

Abnett has nailed the portrayal of the Starlord of the future.  While everyone else is busy vainly trying to imitate Gunn’s portrayal of Starlord from the GotG movie, Abnett gets Starlord back to his roots – both in terms of uniform and characterization.  It is a refreshing change for the better.

In another refreshing change for the better, in the scant few pages given Rael Rider, she outshines the entire run of Loeb’s/Duggan’s deplorable NINO.  It is very satisfying to see a bright, tough, mature, effective Nova for a change.  We haven’t seen that since Marvel dumped Rich Rider and replaced him with the idiotic NINO.  At least we know there’s a better future for Xandar that doesn’t include NINO but does include some descendants of Earth’s true Nova, Rich Rider.

Each of the original Guardians team has their own voice and their own unique part to play in the grand scheme of the story.   Contrast that with Bendis’ lazy storytelling on his Garbage of the Galaxy book where the characterization is so bad that nearly any character could easily be replaced by any other character.

The art has been the weakest link on this book from the start with very mixed feelings being expressed by many of the fans of this series.  Some find it tolerable while others are really turned off.  I have to say that the artist’s style has grown on me, and I find it much more tolerable than I found it in issue #1.  That being said, I would like to see another artist’s take on Abnett’s concepts.  Delgado’s colors once again serve to soften the extremes of Sandoval’s artistic portrayals of our iconic Guardians.  Ross’ cover art is simply outstanding.

In sum, Abnett in five issue has managed to outshine the entirety of the efforts of Bendis, Duggan, Humphries, and Young.  Sadly, the zombies prefer pablum over true quality – so this book is probably doomed.  I urge all true Cosmic fans to get behind this book and do all you can to promote it to your friends, since Marvel is pretty much ignoring it and pouring all their marketing efforts into the pablum.  This book is Marvel’s only true Cosmic book.  Enjoy it while you can.

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Good News: Abnett Writes GOTG 2008 In Guardians 3000 #7

Good news for fans of the 2008 Guardians of the Galaxy comic book that inspired the almost-billion dollar movie that Marvel Comics cancelled.

Dan Abnett will be writing the 2008 Guardians in his Guardians 3000 #7 book that hits in April.

Marvel Comics released the cover and solicit.

It’s just too bad we see the cruddy McNiven-designed costumes. Give me Brad Walker and Marko Djurdjevic’s versions over those, any day.

GUARDIANS 3000 #7
DAN ABNETT (W)
GERARDO SANDOVAL (A/C)
• Welcome to 21st Century Earth, Guardians. Meet… The Guardians of the Galaxy! The Guardians meet the Guardians…. what could POSSIBLY go wrong? Guest starring Rocket Raccoon, Groot, Drax, Gamora, Star-Lord…and Star-Lord… and… Time-travel craziness!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99 

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Review: Guardians 3000 #4

Abnett understands cosmic.  He also obviously likes cosmic.  He’s not trying to turn cosmic into something that it isn’t.  He takes the subject matter seriously, extrapolates the future from the current, writes fresh and plausible stories defying stale superhero tropes, makes the space setting both necessary and central to the storyline, and uses humor naturally as an incidental brief relief from the drama rather than the entire focus of each story.

In contrast, Bendis, Young, Duggan, Humphries, and everyone else Marvel has on the rest of their so-called “cosmic” books obviously don’t like or understand cosmic and just resort to writing silly, campy storylines that borrow heavily from superhero tropes, are played for laughs, and just happen to be set in space.

G3000 is written as good science-fiction.  The rest are written as running jokes.  That’s why I say G3000 is Marvel’s only truly cosmic book.  The rest are pseudo-cosmic at their rare best – and intelligence insulting parodies of cosmic most commonly.

I was skeptical at first – doubting whether anyone could breathe new life into the original GotG characters.  Abnett has risen to the challenge and exceeded it.  In this issue, we learn the origin of A-Sentience, we get to spend some time with Vance Astro via flashbacks to better understand his motivations, we get to see part of the team work together as an effective and coordinated fighting force, we get to know the new Star-Lord, we learn more about the time crisis, we get another glimpse of Rael Rider, and Nikki joins the team.

As an aside, it was nice to see a real Nova in a real Nova uniform instead of the manga-inspired-NINO Marvel insists on inflicting upon us cosmic fans.

Abnett packs an enormous amount of story into only a few pages – but the story flows naturally and leaves the reader both intrigued and hungry for next month’s issue.  Abnett respects the characters and their fans.  The characters are addressing weighty issues and must take high-stakes risks to address these issues.  This is a well-written story by cosmic standards in particular and comic book standards in general.

The art has long been the weak point of this book, but I have to say that Sandoval is growing into the art for the book with each passing issue.  The art for this issue is the best yet, and if this trend continues, I’ll soon be cheering for Sandoval rather than longing for a new artist.  Delgado’s coloring provides the perfect tone for the storyline and helps soften some of the harshness of Sandoval’s artistic style.

If this book isn’t on your pull list, call your local comic shop and add it today.  This is the kind of book that needs to be rewarded with high sales.  Leave the rest of what Marvel is calling “cosmic” on the shelf. 

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Guardians 3000 #4 Variant Revealed

Check out the Guardians 3000 #4 variant by artist Gerardo Sandoval.

The issue goes on sale January 14th.

DAN ABNETT (W) • GERARDO SANDOVAL (A)
Cover by ALEX ROSS
Variant cover by Gerardo Sandoval
• On a quest to save their future, Charlie-27, Yondu, Geena and their new ally… Star-Lord… must find a doorway to the past. And that means walking into the lair of the most dangerous being in the Cosmos… the Sleeping Hunger! And what has become of Vance, Martinez and Starhawk, missing in action… presumed dead?
• Has A-Sentience captured them, or is there no one left alive to capture?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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Good News: Future Nova Sticking Around In Guardians 3000

Last issue of Dan Abnett’s Guardians 3000 saw the introduction of the Nova from the future with Rael Rider, a descendant of the Richard Rider (or Robbie) family.

With Marvel’s recent treatment surrounding Nova being so bad the last few years, some fans speculated Marvel would be killing off the character as to not compete with NINO.

Well the good news is that the character will be sticking around – at least until March – as the solicit for Guardians 3000 #6 mentions “the last Nova.”

We can also take from that since Rael is the last Nova, that NINO bites the big one at some point. More good news.

 

GUARDIANS 3000 #6
DAN ABNETT (W) • GERARDO SANDOVAL (A)
Cover by ALEX ROSS
VARIANT COVER BY Gerardo Sandoval
• The past isn’t what it used to be… as the Guardians are about to find out at great cost! Even with allies like Star-Lord and the last Nova at their side, can the Guardians meet their greatest challenge ever…. not just guarding the galaxy, but saving the Universe?
• Time-twisting cosmic action and mind-blowing SF adventure!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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Review: Guardians 3000 #3

Between 2006 and 2010, Dan Abnett was one of the architects of the Renaissance in Marvel Cosmic, refurbishing (the real) Nova from a teen Spider-clone to a mature, bad-ass, powerful, leader of men and creating a Guardians of the Galaxy team concept that inspired the top-grossing movie of 2014.

In reward for his efforts, Marvel Editor-in-Chief, Axel Alonso, removed Abnett from the books he created, giving his GotG concept to Bendis to mangle into what many now call Garbage of the Galaxy or Guardians of the Galaxy in Name Only and handing the Nova concepts over to Loeb and Duggan who have distorted the Nova concepts with the dreadful series that many refer to as Nova in Name Only or NINO, for short.

Another brilliant call, Alonso.  I never thought I’d be wistfully thinking of Quesada’s tenure as “The Good Old Days.”

I approached G3000 with a healthy dose of skepticism, but I have to say that Abnett has won me over.  He clearly loves the characters, and he is intimately acquainted with and respectful of the rich lore underpinning the characters and concepts.  While Bendis, Loeb/Duggan, Humphries, and Young are busy driving Marvel Cosmic into the ground with their campy and juvenile takes on the concepts, Abnett is busy giving cosmic back its wings.   While GotGINO, NINO, SLINO, and RRINO falter and get worse with every issue, G3000 soars and gets better with every issue.   The reason why is obvious.  Abnett understands and respects the source material – and he is an accomplished science-fiction writer.  In contrast, Bendis, Loeb/Duggan, Humphries, and Young have never understood or respected the source material, had no previous interest in cosmic science-fiction, and still would have no interest in cosmic if not for the GotG movie turning a huge profit and cosmic becoming all the profit-generating rage.

In this issue, Abnett introduces us to The Nova Prime of the year 3014, Rael Rider, as she interacts with The Xandarian Worldmind.   It was great to see a real Nova sporting the surname of Rider, and it was great to see a real Nova helmet for a change with no Manga-style-uniformed NINO usurper in sight.  It was also great for the Worldmind to be given page time again after a too long “hiatus” – a hiatus due to yet more spectacular mis-management by Brevoort and Alonso. 

Abnett advances the story by further exploring how the Badoon have corrupted Stark tech and turned it into a force for evil.  Abnett develops each character – giving each a distinctive voice and personality.  He judiciously uses humor and weaves a tight tale of high-stakes peril and adventure for our protagonists.  Contrast this with the bad sit-com humor and storylines, the total interchangeability of characters, and the outright ennui any adult reader feels after every issue of GotGINO, NINO, SLINO, and RRINO.

Sandoval is growing into the art for the G3000 concept.  His renderings are somewhat less jarring and better proportioned for this outing with less emphasis on every character exposing their teeth in exaggerated facial expressions.  Dentists must be in short supply in the 31st Century – as what dentition is portrayed is enough to give an Oral Surgeon bad dreams for life.  Delgado’s colors help soften the exaggerated artistic style of Sandoval for a more satisfying artistic experience than the past two issues.  I’m still hoping for a change to a more photo-realistic artist in the near future.  It would sure be nice to have Brad Walker on this book.

The numbers are in, and issue #1 of G3000 sold pretty much as many issues as Bendys’ loathsome GotGINO.  This reportedly surprised Brevoort and Alonso as they wrongly think the key to cosmic is intelligence-insulting, campy, child-oriented storylines as demonstrated by their doubling-down on the failed GotGINO and NINO concepts that are still in publication thanks to easily satisfied zombies still buying them.  It goes to show you that there’s a market for quality cosmic storytelling, and if it is given the opportunity to be produced – it will sell.   That fact seems to consistently bounce off Alonso’s shiny dome – and that’s an indication of bad leadership.

So leave GotGINO, NINO, SLINO, and RRINO on the shelf – and instead buy G3000 to send Marvel a clear message that there is a market for high-quality cosmic storytelling rather than the sub-par, low-quality foolishness pervading the rest of their so-called “cosmic” books.  

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Abnett’s Guardians 3000 Soars With 60K

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In spite of Tom Brevoort’s snarky comments, Abnett’s Guardians 3000 #1 has managed to be a hit as sales estimates for October see the first issue netting almost 60,000 copies.

Guardians 3000 #1 is listed at selling 58,574 copies, which is an exceptional number as issues of the 2008 run (which had no support from Marvel) hovered around 25-30,000.

Abnett’s Guardians 3000 #1 came with four variant covers, as well as the main cover by legendary artist Alex Ross.

While Marvel booted Abnett off his book that inspired the $750 million Guardians of the Galaxy movie, Abnett has managed to turn the team from the future into a Marvel Cosmic must-read, and one that is light years ahead of its current timeline counterpart.

Guardians of the Galaxy 3000 #3 was released this week, which created quite the buzz as the issue featured a Nova related to the Rider family. Marvel also booted Abnett off the 2007 Richard Rider Nova run, replacing the title character with a different version, which has been selling less than Abnett and Lannnig’s Nova since the third issue.

Guardians 3000 #3 also saw a look at an Iron Man of the future as part of the A-Sentience, a techno-organic species created by The Stark.

The series features the future Guardians of the Galaxy in the year 3014 opposing the forces of the Badoon. Something is wrong with the timestream causing the Guardians to relive the war over and over, but hope arrives in the form of an earth girl, Geena Drake, who happens to have an enigmatic power that enables her to sense the timestream disruption.

Guardians 3000 #4 hits in January.

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Review: Guardians 3000 #2

I admit that I had my doubts about this book after reading the preview of it in the GotGINO anniversary issue.  I also had my doubts that the classic team could provide grist for interesting stories.  I’m overjoyed to say that my doubts have been allayed with the publication of this issue.

Welcome to Marvel’s one and only truly cosmic comic book.  It goes to show you what a writer with true science-fiction street cred can produce.

It’s simply gravy to know that Brevoort and Alonso (hereinafter referred to as “Bonso”) are surprised, puzzled, and/or annoyed by the success of this book.  They seem invested in thinking that the key to cosmic success is silly, campy, jokey, juvenile tripe (like Duggan’s NINO and Bendys’* GotGINO) rather than the serious, para-military science-fiction of Volume IV of Nova, Volume II of GotG, and now, Guardians 3000.  It makes me happy to see Bonso proved wrong – and I’m happy frequently as they are wrong so very often.

Abnett weaves a fascinating “timey-wimey” tale – breathing new life into the time-causality-loop story trope with introduction of new character, Geena, who can “sense time structure.”  Abnett does what a good SF writer does best – extrapolates from the present to build a plausible future.  In this case, he takes the present Marvel Universe and builds a future where Stark tech is apparently co-opted by the Badoon invaders and used for terribly wrong purposes. 

Abnett also shines by giving each of the Guardians a distinct voice and characterization.  Each Guardian has an important role to play, they work together as a fighting team, they face important problems, and they effectively solve said problems.  They’re slang is made part of their natural communication and the situations they find themselves in aren’t played for cheap laughs.  There’s plenty of action and adventure with high stakes consequences at the end of the day.  And, best of all, they’re not obsessed with or beholden to The Avengers or any future iteration or remnant of The Avengers.

Contrast that with Bendys’* current absolutely dreadful Guardians of the Galaxy (in Name Only) Volume III – and you’ll see how Bendis comes up lacking.  Like I said – it’s the difference between Abnett – a skilled writer with SF street cred – and Bendys, a frustrated sit-com writer wannabe.

The only downside to G3000 is the art.  Sadly, while Sandoval is a good artist and his style would be appropriate for another type of book, it is not right for G3000.  A more photo-realistic approach works better for SF comics – and unfortunately Sandoval’s depictions are often too abstract.  His focus on using teeth and grimacing to convey emotion and action is jarring at times – not to mention a way over-used technique.  The exaggerated body proportions are also both jarring and disappointingly unattractive.  Delgado does his best to soften Sandoval’s extremes with color and shading, but at the end of the day many are going to be turned off by the art and sadly, this may affect sales negatively.

It literally doesn’t get any better for Marvel Cosmic than this – because this is Marvel’s one and only true cosmic book at present.  I hope every cosmic fan will leave NINO, GotGINO, LSINO, and RRINO on the shelf and instead buy multiple copies of G3000 with the money they save as G3000 deserves our whole-hearted support and encouragement.  And as an added bonus, we get to frustrate Bonso by making G3000 a success and their favored tripe the failure it deserves to be.

Next issue sees the premiere of the Worldmind-connected Nova Prime of the G3000 era, an apparent descendant of one of the Rider men and Irani Rael.  If for no other reason, I call on all true Nova fans to support this book to spite Bonso.

 

*Bendis’ name will be deliberately randomly misspelled throughout this article in blatant mockery of his random misspelling of “Rider” in GotGINO #20.

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Review: Guardians 3000 #1

Now THAT’s more like it!

Despite the “subtle bigotry of low expectations” perpetrated against this title by Brevoort and Alonso (hereinafter referred to as “Bonso”), it succeeds on nearly every level.  And before I move on, I’d like to address Bonso’s ongoing bigotry against cosmic books, characters, and writers.

Before this book was ever released, Brevoort made several comments suggesting that he expected it to be a low seller and a quick cancellation.  Alonso apparently felt the same – recently divulging how surprised he was that sales exceeded “expectations.”  Bonso are responsible for the degradation of Marvel Cosmic into the “Marvel Universe” where, just like all Earth-based characters, all the cosmic characters are (stupidly) somehow subordinate to and less powerful than The Avengers.  Bonso are responsible for the horrific messes that are Loeb’s NINO (Nova In Name Only) and Bendis’ GotGINO (Guardians of the Galaxy In Name Only) – replacing better writers/concepts/characters/characterizations with inferior writers/concepts/characters/characterizations in a vain attempt to appeal to Spider-zombies and Avenger-zombies.  Bonso were surprised when the MCU chose to make a Guardians of the Galaxy movie before a movie about many of their favored street-level characters – and even more surprised when it outsold the Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor movies.  Basically, Bonso clearly doesn’t understand or respect cosmic – and they can’t seem to get cosmic right.  They try to reduce cosmic to street-level, and that just doesn’t work.  So Bonso – since you consistently lead in the wrong direction about cosmic and refuse to follow anyone who knows better than you about cosmic, why don’t you just get out of the way?  Give cosmic its own line and appoint someone who likes and understands the characters to lead it.  Then, recuse yourselves from any further involvement with cosmic – and take Loeb, Bendis, Duggan, NINO, and GotGINO with you.

G3000 proves what an accomplished science-fiction author can do with good source material.   Each character has its own voice, and the interactions between characters are fluid and natural – just as we would expect for a team that’s been together for a long time.  Abnett incorporates the slang of 31st Century into the character interactions in such a manner that – while unfamiliar – it is nevertheless easily understood by any reader.  Just as respectable science-fiction should, Abnett takes current grounded science facts and theories and extrapolates plausible future technology based upon these facts/theories.  He wraps all of this into a tight, action-packed story that leaves the reader wanting more and excited about picking up the next issue in the series.

In contrast, Bendis’ GotGINO just takes hackneyed street-level Avengers-type stories/concepts and sets them in space, and Duggan’s NINO just rips off hackneyed Spide-Man concepts and sets them in space.  Bendis’/Duggan’s characters are interchangeable, their interactions stilted, and their storylines implausible.  Neither Bendis nor Duggan take any time to actually produce respectable science-fiction – preferring instead to load heavily on absurdity and then just throw things at the wall to see what sticks.  That’s why Abnett soars and Bendis/Duggan sink.

The coloring of G3000 #1 is acceptable, but the art leaves something to be desired.  Sandoval’s style is too cartoonish for this book.  Devito, Walker, or McGuinness would have been better choices for this book as more realistic renderings tend to serve cosmic books better.

Abnett delivers a powerhouse first issue that breathes new life into the original GotG team.  I would go so far as to say that this is the only truly cosmic book that Marvel is producing at this time.  All the rest being touted as cosmic are really just “pseudo-cosmic” at best.  So pick up your copy of G3000 today for Marvel Cosmic written as it should be.

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Marvel Cosmic Event Coming By Starlin?; Abnett’s Guardians 3000 Exceeds Expectations

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No surprise to the loyal Marvel Cosmic fans, but once again, Marvel Editorial has underestimated Marvel Cosmic.

While it didn’t come with 30 variant covers, it seems as if Abnett’s Guardians 3000 did pretty decent sales-wise, contrary to snarky statements by Tom Brevoort.

Marvel EIC Axel Alonso in his weekly column at CBR made mention that “orders exceeded our expectations.”

Alonso also offered that Guardians 3000 was a book that took him by surprise this week, and that he singled out the series at an editorial meeting.

Marvel was also previously surprised by the success of Abnett and Lanning’s The Thanos Imperative, which nabbed the top spot at the time for trade paperback sales.

Jim Starlin’s original Thanos: The Infinity Revelation graphic novel recently topped the charts as well, which is why Marvel is going with the Thanos Vs. Hulk story as a separate four-issue series. More on that in a bit.

Now for some potential bad news.

Alonso also teased that at the upcoming New York Comic-Con, a Marvel Cosmic event would be announced.

The fan’s question referenced Annihilation, which started with the Drax series 10 years ago next year.

Then Platitude asks: “Hello! Will we see any events strictly for cosmic books, something in the style of ‘Annihilation’?”

Alonso: Keep your ears peeled for an announcement at the Cup O’Joe Panel at New York Comic Con, on Saturday, October 11.

If you have been a fan of Marvel Cosmic since Annihilation (or prior), you know why I refer to that as bad news. Obviously, we all know that DnA’s Guardians of the Galaxy inspired the multi-million dollar Marvel Studios movie (yet the guys at Marvel Comics are still surprised by the stuff), and we also know the 2008 Guardians (and everything else) was cancelled because of the movie — replaced by Bendis and Loeb’s versions of the characters. So it’s definitely a possibility that the next Marvel Cosmic event could feature Bendis at the helm with his Guardians as well as Loeb’s NINO Nova, which has been shoehorned into every event and then some.

However, there is one other possibility that I managed to dig up. 

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Jim Starlin recently made a coy remark in an interview with CBR, which lit a few lightbulbs in my head. Now coupled with Alonso hinting we may get a Marvel Cosmic event similar to Annihilation, my theory is that Jim Starlin will be helming a new Marvel Cosmic event. 

Starlin stated: “With the completion of ‘Thanos Vs. Hulk,’ I have the Titan, Warlock, Pip, Blastaar and Annihilus positioned exactly where I want them to be for my next Marvel tale, which I am currently working on. But it’s too early to talk about it.”

Sure sounds similar to Annihilation with mention of Annihilus.

I actually tweeted something a while back: I said Starlin, Abnett, Lanning and Ron Marz should be the Marvel Cosmic version of the architects (maybe the cosmic dream team?). Recently, Ron Marz teamed with Lanning on the Guardians of the Galaxy 100 thanniversary issue.

A Marvel Cosmic event featuring all four writers would be truly incredible.

Another bonus is that Guardians of the Galaxy movie co-writer Nicole Perlman is said to be writing Marvel Cosmic in the future on a Gamora solo title.

Update: Jim Starlin says a big announcement is coming.

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Cover & Solicit For Abnett’s Guardians 3000 #3

Marvel released the solicit and cover for Dan Abnett’s Guardians 3000 #3, which hits in December.

Abnett co-wrote the 2008 Guardians of the Galaxy comic book that inspired the multi-million dollar Marvel Studios movie of the same name that was released this Summer.

Now Abnett is back, and he’s writing the original characters.

The preview for the first issue is also available.

 

GUARDIANS 3000 #3
DAN ABNETT (W) • GERARDO SANDOVAL (A)
Cover by ALEX ROSS
Variant COVER BY GERARDO SANDOVAL
• Who are The Stark? What is their aim? Can the Guardians survive a lethal clash with such formidable entities? Action, cosmic wonder and some surprise allies, brought you by the Most Amazing Creators in the World, D and G….”
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

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Dan Abnett Announced On Guardians 3000 Coming This September

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Marvel Comics has announced that Dan Abnett will be writing Guardians 3000, which features the future Guardians of the Galaxy, set for a September release with art by Gerardo Sandoval.

The new series spins out of Guardians of the Galaxy #14, which featured a future Guardians back-up by Abnett.

Guardians 3000 will feature Major Vance Astro, Starhawk, Martinex, Captain Charlie-27, Yondu and one more to-be-revealed character.

“Guardians 3000 is a truly a case of you asked for it, we delivered!” Marvel Executive Editor Mike Marts offered in a statement. “Readers have been begging for the return of the original  Guardians team for a long time… and we’re happy to debut this series right in the midst of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy movie excitement!”

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:15967:]]Guardians 3000 is fast, character-driven and contemporary – it’s a great series for readers (both new and familiar with to the Guardians world) to dive in and follow a cast of bombastic underdogs as they attempt to save the Universe,” added editor Katie Kubert. “Seeing Dan [Abnett] tackle Marvel’s cosmic characters again is a blast, and developing this project with him and artist Gerardo [Sandoval] reminds us how much fun making comics can be!”

“True to the original tales, they are trying to save the future from the menace of the Badoon,” Dan Abnett stated. “I wanted to keep that element, and indeed try not to do anything to deny any continuity. So they are freedom fighters, first and foremost, facing an immensely hostile culture. However, they soon discover that the Badoon are just the tip of the iceberg, essentially opportunists taking cosmic advantage of a much deeper crisis. As Starhawk deduces, the very future itself is in danger. History and causality are unraveling and repeating themselves, and not in a friendly ‘Groundhog Day’ way.”

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